Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Take a Stitch Tuesday this week is Satin Stitch and I have been trying out mosaic patterns from A Pageant of Pattern for Needlepoint by Sherlee Lantz and Maggie Lane. Ten different patterns are shown in the sample stitched with Appleton Wool on 18 count canvass.
I have been looking at some of the older embroidery books that I have. The Arco Encyclopedia of Embroidery Stitches by Anne Butler has great photographs of different stitches and hand drawn diagrams. I bought a copy from the Friends of the Library book sale for $2.00.
Monday, May 28, 2007
I finished Eileen Bennett's Garden Sampler today -- it is a class piece from a class I took with the Lake Michigan Sampler Guild. The patten includes a number of different stitches all carefully diagramed. It is stitched in DMC Cotton Floss. Also in the Garden Theme, I have been working on Blackbird Designs Quaker Garden. I started it on Thanksgiving Day and hope to have it done before next Thanksgiving.
I also worked on my real garden -- we have been weeding flower beds, trimming trees and deciding what we need to replace or add. We have perennial beds that we have worked on ourselves, gradually building them up with different plants.
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Monday, May 21, 2007
Sunday, May 20, 2007
Thursday, May 17, 2007
My third weekly CSA share included dandelion greens, spinach, Japanese turnips, asparagus, chives with flowers, rhubard, and potatoes. The colors are a sharp contrast to the all green share from last week. I am going to use the asparagus for strata for a church breakfast. I have to bring an appetizer on Saturday night -- it will be something with spinach in it. The new issue of Gourmet came today -- the back page features potato salads. Laurie Colwin would be thrilled -- I will have to try one of her recipes as well as the recipe in Gourmet for a potato salad with horseradish. I am open to suggestions for the rhubarb -- in addition to the rhubarb in my share I have a huge rhubarb plant in my yard -- it is outside the electric fence so the dogs can't chew it up and the rabbits don't like it so it is doing very well.
In addition to my vegetable share, I finished stitching Ewe & Eye & Friends Pea Pod Scissors Companion tonight. I have about a dozen of their scissor companion patterns -- two finished as scissor fobs, others stitched but not finished or unstitched. I picked this one for the Cross Stitch Pals May Stitch-a-Long since the theme is kitchen. Instead of stitching something for my kitchen, I decided to stitch something that might be found in my kitchen.
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Sunday, May 13, 2007
I made sorrel and potato soup tonight to eat during the week, arugula and cucumber salad, cheddar dill biscuits, pasta with goat cheese, asparagus, pine nuts, dill and mustard, and salmon with mustard and dill. The salad was delicious. Half the biscuits disappeared instantly and I liked the pasta but no one else did. We will have strawberry shortcake later for dessert. I have to think of spinach recipes for the rest of the week. . .
Friday, May 11, 2007
This week's share is dominated by greens -- spinach (2 bags), arugula, lettuce, and sorrel, with dill, asparagus, pea shoots and bok choy. I am thinking lemon flavored rissoto with asparagus, chinese or thai noodle salad with bok choy, salads, spinach pie, and a spinach omelet. I ate most of last week's share during the week -- I have some potatoes left, a couple stalks of green garlic and some chives. I think that there are some radishes too.
We have had a lot of pretty finches in the yard including some small, very yellow male gold finches. I imagine that soon they will start looking for mates. I love watching them while I sit at the kitchen table. Abel and Holly also love watching them through the glass door. Both dogs, Cain and Abel, like to watch Bob in the yard. Bob the Bunny is out and about this time of year and he knows where the dogs go and where they don't. He looks like he is teasing them by staying just outside of the electric fence boundary and twitching his tail at the dogs.